Banana Plantation & Coastal Highlights
After getting off the cruise ship, join us in heading to a banana plantation under operation, during a tour that offers insights into the production and packing process of export banana.
As well, this is a perfect opportunity to learn about the way of life in the historic town of Limon, the oldest and largest in the Costa Rican Atlantic coast. From the seawall, visitors can see Uvita Island, where Columbus anchored during his fourth discovery voyage.
The gateway to Costa Rica’s Caribbean retains much of its historic and cultural past. It is populated mostly by descendants of West Indians and Jamaicans, who were brought here at the turn of the century to build the narrow-gauge railroad to the Central Valley, the laid-back culture of this zone is unique to Central America.
With more than 400 varieties, tasty bananas are native to hot, humid tropical regions of the world like Central America. The visit to one of the many banana plantations in the area provides visitors with an educative happening because they will receive a brief history about “Musa sapientum” -meaning fruit of the wise men- and how they are planted, harvested, transported and packed for shipping.
The coastal road between the city and the commercial port of Moín passes beautiful crescent beaches lined with coconut palms and washed by crystal tropical surf.
Having learned more about the Caribbean side of Costa Rica, we are ready to go back to the ship and you will also have the opportunity to buy souvenirs at the artisans market at the pier.
Banana Plantation & Wildlife Rescue Center
This tour is a perfect opportunity for you to learn about the customs and way of life of the people who settled in the Costa Rican Caribbean coast. The historic town of Limon, the oldest and largest on the country’s Caribbean coast, is where Christopher Columbus first landed on this verdant shore. The gateway to Costa Rica’s Caribbean retains much of its historic and cultural past.
It is populated mostly by descendants of West Indians and Jamaicans who were brought here at the turn of the century to build the narrow-gauge railroad to the Central Valley. The laid-back culture of this zone is unique to Central America. The coastal road between the city and the commercial port of Moín passes beautiful crescent beaches lined with coconut palms and washed by crystal tropical surf. From the seawall you can see Uvita Island, where Columbus anchored during his fourth discovery voyage.
Our visit continues in the Wildlife Sanctuary (Rescue Center). This property is a privately owned wildlife rescue facility focusing on the care, rehabilitation and study of Costa Rica wildlife. Stay aware for possible sightings of wild howler monkeys, tanagers, iguanas, sloths, manikins and even parrots.
Finish your experience visiting one of Del Monte’s banana processing facilities for an enlightening look into how bananas are selected, cleaned and prepared for their trip to your breakfast table.
Having learned more about the Caribbean side of Costa Rica, we are ready to go back to the pier and you will also have the opportunity to buy souvenirs at the artisans market.
*The order of the sights visited may vary.
Cacao Marvels and Wildlife Rescue Center
A plant originating in Mesoamerica with an extraordinarily rich history, cacao (Theobroma cacao), was one of the most important products of the Maya and Aztec, as well as other Central American cultures.
The discovery of America carried cacao to Europe, where it evolved into the product we know today. The generic name Theobroma is derived from the Greek for “food of the gods”.
The tour includes a guided hike during which you will observe forest species of cacao and how the product originally developed there. During the walk, visitors receive an overview of the natural and cultural history of the cacao tree and learn how the beans are used to make cocoa mass, cocoa powder, and one of the favorite delicatessens: chocolate!
After this enlightening experience, it is time for the inspiring visit to the Wildlife Rescue Center and Botanical Gardens that promotes a respect and love for our wonderful wildlife.
Situated in the charming town of Cahuita, province of Limon, it is dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of injured, orphaned and distressed wild animals of the surrounding area.
Set in a 10-acre ground, the Center offers visitors the chance to take a stroll and explore a lush, tropical garden with a display of spice plants, fruit trees, as well as exotic varieties of plants native from the Talamanca region comprising: heliconias, palms, calatheas, bromeliads, and aroids.
After having learned more about the Caribbean side of Costa Rica, visitors can taste fresh fruits and prepare to go back to the ship.
Cahuita National Park
A 2,711-acre (1,097-ha) preserve, located in the Caribbean La Amistad Conservation Area of Costa Rica, on the southern Caribbean coast. Characterised by its 600-acre (242-ha) reef that comprises at least 35 species of coral, 140 species of molluscs, 44 species of crustaceans, and 123 species of fish.
Walking is a great way to take in the views of this verdant park and observe some of the wild residents. Some of the bird species are Green ibis, yellow-crowned night herons, Northern boat-billed herons, Swainson toucans, keel-billed toucans, rufous kingfishers, and the Central American curassow. Other animal species found there include tamandua, paca, coati, raccoons, howler and capuchin monkeys, sloths, armadillos, caimans, and iguanas.
Your guide is ready to help you work out what you’re watching!
Strolling the beach or just resting in the sun, are some of the pleasurable moments that visitors enjoy in Cahuita.
Cahuita National Park is the only national park in Costa Rica not to charge an admission fee (at the Cahuita entrance) and instead relies on donations from visitors.
Ziplining in the Rainforest (Jungle Breeze/7 platforms)
Costa Rica is one of the few fortunate countries in the world, which still enjoys the lushness of primary rainforest. It has earned well-deserved international acclaim for having conservationist groups, who have implemented innovative initiatives for preservation. These efforts allow us to be one of the few places around the world that offers the Canopy Tour.
Every sense is virtually besieged with breathtaking sensations: the freedom of flying from treetop to treetop. A perfect tour to please those who want to experience extremely intense feelings because participants will have a burst of strength, gliding through the treetops along 7 of the 11 platforms stretched across the length of the rainforest.
The Zip line tour begins with an orientation chat to instruct participants on the safety rules; so that, they can enjoy this experience to its most.
Visit one of the most exciting areas in Costa Rica, the Tortuguero National Park. This is the most important area in the Western Caribbean for the nesting grounds of the green sea turtle (Chelonia Midas). This spectacular scene can be seen from July to October.
This region abounds with rich flora and fauna. Its several waterways allow all kinds of life to grow and develop in Primary and Secondary Tropical Rainforests. Orchids, birds, monkeys, crocodiles, sloths, toucans and many other species, can be seen all over the area. A great way to spend time in the Costa Rican forest!
Connected with Central America’s largest protected rainforest, there is a magical place called Veragua Rainforest, located on the hills overlooking the Port of Limon. On your drive up to the mountains, you will pass through several small but very charming towns like Liverpool, Peje and Blanco, where you will be able to get a closer look at rural Caribbean life in Costa Rica. In less than one hour, you will find yourself completely immersed in the breathtaking and vibrant rainforest with amazing panoramic views.
Highly trained professional guides explain everything you need to know before you start the effortless and educational tour.
You will then enter our state-of-the-art open-air gondola system that will take you on an enchanting ride to the trails of the rainforest. As you pass by humongous 300-year old trees on the way down to the river bank, you will be surrounded by uninterrupted views of the virgin rainforest of the largest park in Central America, the “Parque Nacional La Amistad” or Friendship Park. Upon reaching the river, you will enjoy a leisurely stroll through the Trail of the Giants alongside the Victoria River. The expedition into the depths of the virgin rainforest is capped off with a visit to the magnificent two tiered, 20-meter tall ‘Puma Waterfall’.
You will be able to recharge with tropical refreshments at the Rainforest Cafeteria while enjoying the astonishing views. Before you leave, souvenirs will be available so you can always remember and share your ultimate nature experience in direct contact with the authentic rainforest.
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